President Donald Trump made two references in recent days to PBS and its coverage of U.S.-North Korea relations — first, in a tweet, and again during Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting.
The president’s comments were prompted by the PBS NewsHour’s segment on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s promise to denuclearize. The segment was the top story in the NewsHour’s broadcast on Tuesday night.
Trump mentioned the program in a tweet late Tuesday, adding that he looked forward to “meeting with Chairman Kim who realizes so well that North Korea possesses great economic potential!”
“Kim Jong Un says North Korea will not make or test nuclear weapons, or give them to others – & he is ready to meet President Trump anytime.” PBS News Hour. I also look forward to meeting with Chairman Kim who realizes so well that North Korea possesses great economic potential!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2019
He again mentioned the segment during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, telling reporters that the program covered the issue “very, very nicely.”
“I was surprised, based on everything I’ve heard about them. I’ll have to start watching PBS much more,” Trump said to some chuckles in the room. “They covered it very accurately. And I actually put a quote out last night about what they said, I thought that was very accurate.”
Video by PBS NewsHour
Trump said he came across the program after spending part of the holidays at the White House, while his family was at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
The president’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal called for eliminating federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting over a two-year period. However, in July the House Appropriations Committee approved funding for public broadcasting through 2021.